It is always an issue, especially for beginners: Which boxing gloves are the best? Which punching bag should I buy? We would simply like to show you our recommendations for the "first boxing equipment" and of course also provide you with information as to why these boxing gloves and punching bags are suitable for beginners.
What you will learn in this post:
- What boxing beginners should know
- Which boxing gloves are suitable for beginners
- Which punching bags are suitable for beginners
What should you consider when boxing?
Boxing is a great full-body sport that can help you improve your fitness, build muscle, and gain more confidence. In addition, you can do boxing training in a very versatile way - at home as a light fitness workout, intensively on the punching bag or in combination with claw and sparring units. So you can box with or without real opponents and find exactly the level that is ideal for you. But you should always keep in mind that boxing always involves a certain risk of injury. This applies regardless of whether you are sparring or just fighting the punching bag. If you perform punching techniques improperly or have not warmed up sufficiently, your tendons and muscles can quickly be affected. We also strongly recommend that you never train on the punching bag without boxing gloves. Even if the punching bag has some shock absorption, there is a risk that you will put too much strain on your ankles and wrists without adequate protection.
Which boxing gloves are suitable for beginners?
As a beginner, you will only need a pair of boxing gloves, since you are not yet training on the pads or going into sparring.
How many oz should boxing gloves have to start with?
The weight of your boxing gloves should not be too high. Because 1. you first have to get used to wearing the boxing gloves and you will get a lot of sore muscles just from that and from the first training session. And 2. you don't need thick padding for training on the punching bag = less weight. Beginners are usually well equipped with 10 or 12 oz boxing gloves.
What material should the boxing gloves have?
Imitation leather or PU is a great choice for the first boxing gloves. The material is durable and hard-wearing without being too heavy (like real leather, for example) or too expensive.
What closure should boxing gloves have?
In principle, it is sufficient if you use boxing gloves with Velcro. Not only can they be optimally adjusted, they are also easy to put on and take off. Most boxers only use boxing gloves with lacing in competitions where they are prescribed by the associations.
Our boxing glove recommendations for beginners
Which punching bags are suitable for beginners?
Basically, there are not many criteria that play a role in the selection of a punching bag. But still, it can be hard for beginners to choose a punching bag. Therefore note these points:
What shape should the punching bag have?
Since you will start with the basic techniques at the beginning of your boxing training and only gradually develop further boxing skills such as speed, heavy bags and angle punching bags are ideal for you. You can train almost all punching techniques on these punching bags (in fact all of them on the angled punching bag, including upper cuts). Only when you have mastered the individual punches and various punch combinations perfectly does it make sense to work on other punching bags to specifically improve your speed, accuracy or punching power.
How big should a punching bag be?
Let's assume that you are an average height person who is interested in classic boxing (without kicking exercises). Then we recommend a punching bag with a length between 3 and 4 ft - i.e. up to approx. 120 cm. That would be the standard punching bag. If you are a bit taller, you should take a longer punching bag.
How heavy should a punching bag be?
The weight for the punching bag should be based on your body weight. The rule of thumb is: between one and two thirds of your own body weight. As a beginner with probably less punching power, we recommend a punching bag with a maximum weight of 50% of your body weight. If you weigh about 80 kg, you can train very well on a punching bag with 40 kg. If you want to increase slowly, choose a punching bag with 25 or 30 kg. If you only want to do a light boxing workout, we recommend a punching bag weighing around 20 kg.
Which material is ideal for the punching bag?
Punching bags made of imitation leather have proven themselves for both beginners and professionals. In addition, they are already available at a moderate price.